GUWAHATI, July 7 - Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary reviewed the action taken by stakeholders on implementation of road safety laws in the State during a meeting of the State Road Safety Council held at Janata Bhawan in Dispur on Saturday.
The road accident data of 2018 showed that 3,963 accidents, 3,389 injuries and 1,541 fatalities occurred on the national highways. In this regard, Patowary directed officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) to make rumble strips in the identified ‘black spots’ as well as at the junctions of State highways and national highways, with adequate signages and lighting, to reduce the fatality figures.
Patowary said all district hospitals and subdivisional hospitals will be designated as Trauma Care Centre and doctors and paramedic staff will be trained through AIIMS, New Delhi to cater to emergency services.
Commissioner (Transport) Virendra Mittal proposed several measures as part of a roadmap for road safety in the State. He informed the Council that Automated Driving Testing Track (ADTT) will be established in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Jorhat, etc., and 348 e-Challan devices are being procured by the Transport department. A pilot project will be undertaken in Kamrup district before being rolled out across the State.
The transport commissioner also explained various steps taken against road safety offenders. He said a total of 6,683 driving licenses were suspended and Rs 7.13 crore fine was realised for the fiscal year April 2018 to March 2019.
The meeting also laid stress on creating public awareness to reduce road accidents. For the current financial year, the vision is to percolate awareness down to the grassroots level so that there is permanent knowledge in the civil society, especially children on necessity of following the norms of road safety in order to avoid loss of lives.
The meeting also laid stress on deputing ‘campus ambassadors of road safety’ in all schools, colleges and universities. The Council also discussed engineering measures required in the already identified ‘black spots’ as per road safety audit recommendations.
The Transport Minister directed the officials to take necessary measures for road engineering, emergency services and public awareness to ensure maximum road safety. Officials from the transport ministry, police, railways and PWD were also present in the meeting.